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NYT Editorial Board: 'How Long Must Americans Wait' to Talk Gun Control?

NYT Editorial Board: 'How Long Must Americans Wait' to Talk Gun Control?
Law enforcement officials work the scene of a shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Sutherland Springs, Texas. (Eric Gay/AP)

By    |   Monday, 06 November 2017 12:17 PM

The debate on gun control cannot wait, according to a piece by the New York Times editorial board Monday.

The board cited the Texas church shooting in Sutherland Springs, calling it an "unthinkable tragedy at the hands of a mass murderer and his guns."

"Still, Republican leaders in Congress do nothing. Or, really, so far they've done the same thing they have always done: offered thoughts and prayers," the board wrote. "Soon, they will offer warnings not to 'politicize' a tragedy by debating gun controls that might prevent such mass killings from happening again."

"If now is too soon to debate gun control, how long must Americans wait?" the board asked. 

The board noted that other gun-related attacks in the U.S. also have claimed lives.

"When Republican leaders have responded to past killings, their response was to block sensible, useful gun control. They should not be allowed to delay effective legislation any longer. Too many days have passed, from one tragedy to the next," the board wrote.

"This is the time."

Then the board listed the amount of days it has been since previous attacks, including 35 days since the Las Vegas shooting, 512 days since the 49 deaths at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, and 1,788 days since 26 were killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, said Monday that the close-knit community faces a battle in dealing with the shootings.

"It's going to be a difficult time to go through this grieving process, and then go through this healing process," Cuellar said Monday.

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